Romulan Bird Of Prey (23rd Century)
|Bird Of Prey-class|
|Date Entered Service:||
The Romulan Bird of Prey fielded by the Romulan Star Empire was in similar to the 22nd century Bird of Prey. The Bird of Prey was a single hull design that had a rounded bow and a concave stern. These ships were equipped with twin impulse engines that were housed in the stern of the vessel. The warp nacelles were held at the ends of warp pylons so that the nacelles were on opposite sides of the ship and slightly above the ships center line. In an interesting design choice the Bird of Prey had a large image of a predatory bird painted on the ventral surface of the hull.
Ships of this type of Bird of Prey were the first known to make extensive use of cloaking devices. These devices were greatly improved versions of the 22nd century cloaking devices that were observed in operation by Romulan ships. There was one major design flaw with the Bird of Prey, when the ships were cloaked the power drain was such that they vessels were limited to impulse speeds. When not cloaked these Birds of Prey have been observed maintaining speeds of warp 6.
The Bird of Prey was equipped with Disruptor Emitters mounted on both the dorsal and ventral surfaces of the outer hull. These vessels were equipped with a single forward facing Plasma Torpedo Launcher that would fire balls of plasma. The Bird of Prey was also equipped with two forward facing and a single aft facing torpedo launchers. Observations of the Bird of Prey in combat operations has shown that these vessels made use of torpedoes with nuclear warheads. It should be noted that this was the last know ship to make extensive use of nuclear weapons.
Like those in the 22nd century these Bird of Prey ships made up the bulk of the Romulan fleet. In a one one one fight with a ship of the Constitution Class the Bird of Prey was out matched. To make up for this several Bird of Prey ships would operate as a battle group allowing them to bring overwhelming fire power from multiple directions at one time to achieve victory.
PAYLOAD 150 nuclear torpedoes
|Official Romulan Starship Specifications|
|Heavy Warbird Classes||D'deridex class • Khellian class • Scimitar class|
|Medium Warbird Classes||22nd Century Bird Of Prey • Valdore class|
|Light Warbird Classes||Bird Of Prey • D'renet class • Drone Ship • Laehval class • Lanora II class • Preax class • Shrike class • Ventarix class|
|Shuttle Classes||Vreenak class • Shalimar class|
|Fighter Classes||Aen'rhien class • Scorpion class|